Locals rejoice as town Co-op shop reopens

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New chairman Adrian Richardson.
Camera IconNew chairman Adrian Richardson. Credit: Jennifer Shepherd.

The beloved co-operative shop in Katanning will reopen to the public this Saturday at 10am.

New chairman Adrian Richardson said he would like to see everyone in the region come and support their local co-op at its grand reopening.

“We have a brand new Toy World section now and the IGA section has been completely revamped,” he said.

“We stripped out the old floor and we got new equipment and new shelving.

“Everything has been painted inside and out and we also have a brand new logo.”

The 99-year-old Katanning Co-operative shop has been on a rollercoaster ride since its previous shareholders entered voluntary administration and closed the shop last September.

The community rallied to save their town’s co-op, enlisting the help of groups across the Great Southern.

Shortly after, Mr Richardson, a Katanning farmer who previously work for Katanning Landcare, offered to buy the business.

Mr Richardson said he received financial support from local business groups in Katanning, Broomehill and Woodanilling who were moved to save the co-op.

Their initial offer was rejected by the administrator but their second offer proved successful.

“We’re very excited to see Katanning co-op back to serve the local community in Katanning,” Mr Richardson siad.

“A lot of local volunteers have helped to refurbish the shop and we also hire local tradesman to do the big jobs.

“We got over 30 jobs back and we also extended our clothing store with brand new stock in men and women’s clothing.

“The standard of the store will be completely different. We have brought the shop from the 19th century and revamped it to a 21st century store.”

A new cafe — White Gum Cafe — will also operate inside the shop.

Mr Richardson said the hardware section of the co-op would reopen in two weeks.

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